Always read the commentary…

When the stakes in the industry are this high, you always have to read the comments.  These are the blog entries that bring industry buffs out of the woodwork simply because they know what is happening on the ground… and those happenings have nothing to do with WebM!

This comment (emphasis added) was left by user, Rasmus,” who legitimately discusses the problems with Google’s decision to move away from H.264.  There are no happy comments on the blog entry and that should tell Google something.  The only other emotion in the comments is apathy, in particular from someone who was fine with the WebM move, but asked Google to be consistent and drop support for Flash.  All aside, consumers are unhappy and it seems Google is too self-absorbed to care.

Rasmus said…

This is a terrible decision, in my opinion. H.264 is (asymptotically close to) perfect as is. Don’t try to reverse innovation. Try to resist the not-invented-here syndrome. Google is just setting users up to suffer through yet another format war. And please don’t tell me it is to support free and open standards when Chrome continues to support Flash and Silverlight. H.264 solved the problem of having the entire production and distribution chain depend on old inefficient MPEG2 and is ubiquitous and has good hardware support by now. It is an open standard. Period. You can say what you like about the industry practice of using IP royalties to recoup and make a profit on R&D investments (and the cost Google might incur from this), but removing support for the best established video standard is not putting Google’s users’ interests first.

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The Challenges of 2020

TL;DR: Follow this link.

One of the craziest things about Christianity during the protests of the last few weeks is the fact that there are churches out there not discussing the issues honestly, not taking the time to have the hard conversations, not devoting their Sunday services to betterment of the world and people around them. If you’re church isn’t talking about racism right now, if they don’t mention that black lives matter, instead focusing on platitudes that equate to the all lives matter” sentiment, it is time to start looking for a new church.

My wife and I meet with my home” church virtually via Zoom since the pandemic is still a thing. Kimball Avenue United Church of Christ & La Iglesia Episcopal de Nuestra Señora de las Américas (KANSA, together) combined in a collaborative way to create a single denomination focused on the needs of their community. They follow Christ together toward the vision of love, reconciliation, peace and justice. The justice looks like the demolition and rehabilitation of an old church building and its grounds into a community garden and labyrinth open to all who seek peace through contemplation.

I give this elevator speech to mention that COVID has not been kind to faith communities in general. Budgets have been slashed, funding and grants have been cut, and congregations in need are also working to serve those in need, who are less likely to be able to financially support their church in these times. KANSA in one of the good ones. They speak truth, they have the difficult conversations, they preach in a loud voice every Sunday that black lives matter, that racism has no place in the church, that the LGBTQ community deserves respect and support, and that Jesus was a social justice warrior, who fought for the least of these no matter who they were, where they were from, what they looked like.

In fact, Jesus was most harsh to those who had the means to help and decided not to answer the call.

These systems of oppression we are protesting have been around a long time; they have screwed up a lot of lives, they have been the reason for revolution and the downfall of entire civilizations, they don’t work. We need to find a better way to live by supporting each other. And support has to come in systemic, social, financial, and political ways, both national and local.

I am not local to KANSA anymore, but I support their mission, the way that mission manifests in the world, and the simple fact that they follow Jesus no matter how ostracizing that position can be at times. Which brings me to the point:

Thanks to a $10,000 matching gift’ from an anonymous donor, the challenge has become an opportunity. Over the next two months, we plan to raise at least $10,000 to meet the challenge. Through August 31, 2020, every donation we receive toward our 2020 Challenge” no matter how small or how large will be doubled by the matching gift.

KANSA is hurting financially and needs support, they do good work and are unabashedly progressive in their approach to our world. Donate now and see your contribution matched to keep one of the good ones fighting the good fight.

Thank you for your consideration.